Growing up strong
The first 10 years of Indigenous Protected Areas in Australia
Australian Government Department of the Environment and Water Resources, May 2007
ISBN 978 0 642 55352 1
About this publication
In 1997 Indigenous people and the Australian Government embarked on a new environmental partnership with the development of the first Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) at Nantawarrina in South Australia.
Ten years later, the partnership that began at Nantawarinna has grown to include 23 declared Indigenous Protected Areas covering close to 17 million hectares or 23 per cent of the National Reserve System.
This groundbreaking program has also provided a pathway to meaningful jobs for remote Indigenous communities, with spin-offs in health, education and social cohesion.
Hailed as Australia's most successful innovation in protected area management by a recent review, the IPA program is now stronger than ever.
This book presents a snapshot of the Indigenous Protected Area program on its tenth anniversary and aims to share with the wider community the important contributions Indigenous Protected Areas make to the environment and culture of the nation.